Evening News May 21

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Crews in Chelan and Douglas County were called out to a brush fire yesterday afternoon in the Swakane Canyon area off Highway 97A, and, Chelan County Emergency Management reported Friday  that 95% of the Phase 1 repairs to the 8-mile dam have been completed.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Two mountain bikers were attacked by a cougar while riding in the North Bend area Saturday morning. One of the men was killed. His friend is recovering from injuries at Harborview Hospital. Thirty-one-year-old Isaac Sederbaum of Seattle remained in satisfactory condition after being bitten on the head. Killed was 32-year-old S.J. Brooks, also of Seattle. The two men were riding on a trail when the cougar attacked them. The injured rider was able to flee and call for help.  Fish and Wildlife officers located the animal in a tree where it was shot and killed.  They described the cougar as emaciated.  Fish and Wildlife Cougar specialist, Rich Beausoleil said it was the first confirmed cougar-related death in 94 years.

Crews in Chelan and Douglas County were called out to a brush fire yesterday afternoon in the Swakane Canyon area off Highway 97A.

The fire was burning on a steep hillside in mostly grass and brush. There were no structures threatened. With the help of helicopter water drops crews from Chelan County District One and Douglas County District Two contained the fire to about 5 acres. The cause was under investigation.

Chelan County Emergency Management reported Friday  that 95% of the Phase 1 repairs to the 8-mile dam had been completed by the Icicle-Peshastin Irrigation District. They involved creating a new 55 foot wide spillway at the site which is in addition to the previously existing 13 foot spillway.

These repairs have greatly reduced the risk of a potential failure of Eightmile Lake Dam. Also, the Washington State Department of Ecology successfully installed the lake level monitoring equipment. The Weather Service will monitor the lake level data 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will alert Chelan County Emergency Management if there is any significant change in the lake water levels.

Public alerting would take place if a dramatic change in lake level is reported. Additional monitoring equipment will be installed during the next week. There are currently no evacuation orders in affect for Icicle River residents.

Coming up next, A Wenatchee Woman is in custody after she allegedly went on a rampage Friday night smashing windows at both Downtown Police station buildings. The ballots for the fall elections are now set after candidate filing period ended Friday. The City of Wenatchee is asking for your help in naming the Community Garden at the Wenatchee Community Center, and, The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $90-thousand dollars in Stronger Schools Grants to schools across North Central Washington. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news…

A Wenatchee Woman is in custody after she allegedly went on a rampage Friday night smashing windows at both Downtown Police station buildings and a parked police patrol car.

Captain Edgar Reinfeld says the woman, later identified as 28 year old Brittney M. Watson, of Wenatchee, was first spotted by a janitor smashing out the front windows of the old Wenatchee Police Station on South Chelan Avenue. The woman fled north after being confronted and then a second cleaning person looked out and saw the woman with a large metal bar.

Watson entered the patrol car parking garage under City Hall and smashed several windows out of a 2013 Dodge Charger patrol car. She continued her path of destruction by then going to the front doors of the current Police Station at 140 South Mission Street where she smashed out the two outer lobby doors.

While she was doing this, Rivercom Dispatchers relayed the call to Officers who chased her on foot from the station to an alley to the north roughly one block away where she was taken into custody without incident. She faces multiple charges. Reinfeld said she had no explanation for why she did it. Damages to the buildings and patrol car are estimated at over 7 thousand dollars.

The ballots for the fall elections are now set after candidate filing period ended Friday. North Central Washington voters will have a multitude of races to decide in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan Counties. There will be some hotly contested county races for Commissioner, Superior and District Courts, Prosecutor as well as State Legislative and US Congressional seats. The primary election is set for August 7th and the General Election is November 8th.

The City of Wenatchee is asking for your help in naming the Community Garden at the Wenatchee Community Center.

The city owns the Community Center at 504 South Chelan. In 2009 the City undertook the process to create a community garden on an underutilized portion of the property between the parking lot and Methow Street. The goal of this project was to begin to address the need for community garden space by constructing a garden that served approximately 25 households in South Wenatchee. The Wenatchee Arts, Recreation and Parks Commission is currently accepting nominations for the naming of the garden. The deadline for nominations is June 22nd. You can find the full name nomination criteria and nomination forms by calling the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department at 509-888-3284.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $90-thousand dollars in Stronger Schools Grants to schools across North Central Washington, the largest total award for this grant ever.

Stronger Schools is an annual grant that provides up to $5-thousand dollars per school and/or school district to support innovative programs that enhance student learning and engagement and get kids excited about school.

Local schools receiving grants include: Wenatchee High School, WestSide High School, Pioneer Middle School, Foothills Middle School, Washington Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, and Lewis and Clark Elementary. Each school will receive between 3 and 5-thousand dollars.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update with Eric Granstrom and our feature story today. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Wenatchee stood on the precipice of being the first American team to ever win the RBC Cup last weekend.  The task Saturday was to beat the same team the Wild whipped up on Thursday 7-to-1, the Wellington Dukes.  A win would put Wenatchee in Sunday’s championship.  But the Dukes would have something else to say about that.  To the Prospera Centre we go for the highlights with Bonny Dibartalo and Tyler Gara on the call, video courtesy of HockeyTV…

There are a lot of unhappy Wild fans, especially with the no-goal call in the 3rd period.  But for a goal to be counted, the puck has to COMPLETELY cross the line and in the replay, it does not completely cross the line.  Wellington would go on to play Chilliwack for the RBC Cup Championship Sunday…

And it would be the host, Chiefs, to hoist the RBC Cup after Chilliwack beat the Dukes yesterday 4-2.

By the way, Wild fans are invited to attend a rally for the team tonight at 6 at the Town Toyota Center.  They’ll have the Fred Page Cup and Doyle Cup on display and fans will have one more chance to thank the team for an incredibly historic season.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard…

The Eastmont Wildcats are moving on to the State 4A soccer semifinals after a 2-nil win over Mt. Vernon Saturday in the Apple Bowl.  Sergio Bravo scored in the first half and Flavio Espinoza scored in the second as the Wildcat’s magical season continues.  Eastmont will face Pasco in the semifinals Friday at 6pm at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

It was also a great weekend for area baseball teams…

The Wenatchee Panthers are moving onto the Final Four after beating Chiawana Saturday morning 3-0 and then, came away with an 8-5 win over Moses Lake in the quarterfinals thanks to a bottom of the 7th, walk-off grand slam home run by Seth Storlie…

Wenatchee faces Skyview Friday at Pasco’s GESA Stadium at 1 o’clock in the semifinals.

Cashmere is also back to the Final Four in the 1A Tournament…

The Bulldogs knocked off Naches Valley 7-3 in the opener Saturday in Moses Lake and then shut out Connell in the quarterfinals 5-0.  Cashmere will face King’s Way Christian Friday at 4 o’clock in Yakima in the State Semifinals.

The Brewster baseball team is also in the Final Four of the 2B Tournament…

The Bears beat St. George’s Saturday morning 5-3 and then shut out Asotin 4-0 in the quarterfinals.  Brewster faces Adna Friday in Centralia at 7pm in the semifinals.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard in softball…

Moses Lake claimed the Big 9 District title after downing Eastmont Saturday afternoon 12-0.  Both the Chiefs and Wildcats advance to this weekend’s State 4A Tournament in Spokane.  Moses Lake faces Camas Friday at 10am while Eastmont will play Central Valley Friday at Noon.  Wenatchee’s season came to an end Saturday morning when they fell to West Valley 6-4.  The Rams then fell to Eastmont in the district semifinal 10-0.

Chelan’s softball season came to an end Saturday…

Chewelah came out on top of the CTL/NEA Crossover game 11-nothing.  The State 1A Tournament is in Richland Friday and Saturday with Cascade’s first opponent being Elma Friday at 10am.

Brewster and Liberty Bell advanced to the State 2B Softball Tournament in Yakima…

The Lions will play Northwest Christian at 9am Friday while the Bear’s first opponent will be Onalaska Friday at 11.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard in Club Sports play over the weekend…

The Wenatchee Valley Thunder Lacrosse team’s season came to an end Saturday, falling in the State 4A quarterfinals to Tahoma 9-to-5.  Mason Dalbeck scored two goals in defeat for the Thunder.

And, in a low-scoring, hard-fought, State Rugby Championship game in Tacoma, Wenatchee’s Schoolhouse Rugby fell to Yakima 19-14.

Jean Segura’s RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning score Dee Gordon to give the Seattle Mariners a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers Sunday at Safeco Field…

Mitch Haniger tied the game in the bottom of the 9th with a 2-run home run.  The Mariners took three of four from Detroit over the weekend to improve to 27-and-19 on the season.  Seattle has a travel day today and begins a three-game series in Oakland tomorrow with Mike Leake facing Trevor Cahill.

Thanks Eric.

Pybus Public Market was buzzing with activity Saturday as children from throughout North Central Washington put their brain-power on display in GWATA’s annual STEM Showcase. Wenatchee School District’s Ron Brown gives us the virtual tour. . .

Brown tells us that the STEM Showcase and Mini-Maker Fair will be combined into one, big event in 2019, so stay tuned!

We’ll be back with a recap of some of our top stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Welcome back to the NCWLife Evening News…

A Wenatchee Woman is in custody after she allegedly went on a rampage Friday night smashing windows at both Downtown Police station buildings and a parked police patrol car.

Captain Edgar Reinfeld says the woman, later identified as 28 year old Brittney M. Watson, of Wenatchee, was first spotted by a janitor smashing out the front windows of the old Wenatchee Police Station on South Chelan Avenue. The woman fled north after being confronted and then a second cleaning person looked out and saw the woman with a large metal bar.

Watson entered the patrol car parking garage under City Hall and smashed several windows out of a 2013 Dodge Charger patrol car. She continued her path of destruction by then going to the front doors of the current Police Station at 140 South Mission Street where she smashed out the two outer lobby doors.

While she was doing this, Rivercom Dispatchers relayed the call to Officers who chased her on foot from the station to an alley to the north roughly one block away where she was taken into custody without incident. She faces multiple charges. Reinfeld said she had no explanation for why she did it. Damages to the buildings and patrol car are estimated at over 7 thousand dollars.

Crews in Chelan and Douglas County were called out to a brush fire yesterday afternoon in the Swakane Canyon area off Highway 97A.

The fire was burning on a steep hillside in mostly grass and brush. There were no structures threatened. With the help of helicopter water drops crews from Chelan County District One and Douglas County District Two contained the fire to about 5 acres. The cause was under investigation.

And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.